Biden Says Ukraine Invasion Risk “Very High”; Russia Expels US Deputy Amb., Demands US Leave Eastern Europe

by | Feb 17, 2022 | Headline News | 17 comments


This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

This is an update and summary by ZeroHedge about the ongoing tense situation in Ukraine and Russia.


  • Reports overnight from both sides (Ukraine, Rebels) that shelling has begun, claiming ceasefire broken
  • US envoy says evidence on the ground is that Russia is moving toward an “imminent invasion,” says “this is a crucial moment.”
  • Russia expels US Deputy Ambassador Bartle Gorman
  • Russia says no invasion of Ukraine in plans
  • Russia issues statement demanding all US troops leave Central and Eastern Europe
  • Biden says probability of invasion is “very high”, says Russia “involved in false flag moves”
  • Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov accused the West on Thursday of “information terrorism.”
  • Blinken to speak at UN Security Council at 10amET

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Update (0925ET): Washington is doubling down on its allegations that Russia is planning to use a false flag attack as a pretext to invade Ukraine Russia says US failed to give a “constructive response” to its proposal, which includes the rejection of NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia.

Here’s more from Reuters:

NATO was “concerned that Russia is trying to stage a pretext for an armed attack against Ukraine.

There is still no clarity, no certainty about the Russian intentions”, the Western military alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

“They have enough troops, enough capabilities to launch a full-fledged invasion of Ukraine with very little or no warning time,” he told reporters at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels. “That is what makes the situation so dangerous.”

Here’s more about today’s latest “skirmish” from Ukraine:

A senior Ukrainian government source said the shelling at the line of contact with Russian-backed separatist forces went beyond the scale of ceasefire violations routinely reported throughout the conflict.

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Update (0910ET): Ukrainian authorities claim that shelling between government forces and separatist rebels in the Donbas region has ended as of 1300 local time. Meanwhile, a flurry of headlines have hit the tape, conveying Russia’s latest round of denials.


The US, meanwhile, is insisting again that Russia is “involved” in “false flag” moves (though it still hasn’t offered any actual proof to support these allegations). President Joe Biden said he has no plans to speak with Putin again. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is preparing to deliver a press briefing at 1000ET.

Meanwhile, Russia: “In the absence of the readiness of the American side to agree on firm, legally binding guarantees to ensure our security from the US and its allies, Russia will be forced to respond, including through the implementation of measures of a military-technical nature.”

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Update (0845ET): Russia has expelled the deputy US ambassador from Moscow in the latest hostile development of the day.

  • BREAKING: Russia expels US Deputy Ambassador Bartle Gorman

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Update (0800ET): The US envoy to the UN is turning up the hysterical warmongering rhetoric up to ’11’ by insisting that Russian troop movements within their own country suggest an attack on Ukraine is “imminent”, with not additional evidence to back that up.


Sound familiar?

And just like that, futures are tumbling, as EU diplomats break up today’s Ukraine talks to shift their focus on a G-20 summit with the African Union.

And European Commission chief Charles Michel said he spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy earlier this morning.

We’re awaiting their remarks shortly.

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Update (0715ET): As NATO pledges to step up its troop presence around Russia’s borders, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko says his country could host nuclear weapons or even “super nuclear” weapons if it faces any external threats, as tensions soar between NATO and Russia.

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After days of conflicting reports about Russian troop movements from NATO and myriad media sources, the Biden Administration and its incessant warnings about an impending invasion have become the butt of jokes across the Internet…

But finally, on Thursday, after weeks of waiting, the International media reported “heavy fire” in the war-torn Donbass region of Ukraine.

“The situation on the line of contact has sharply escalated. The enemy is making attempts to unleash active hostilities,” a message posted on the official self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic’s Telegram channel read.

However, unfortunately for the US media and its propaganda machine, it was troops aligned with the Ukrainian government who started the firing, according to RT.

Leaders from the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in the east of Ukraine reported on Thursday that government troops had attacked the outskirts of its territory. According to the DPR, units from Kiev fired at several towns and villages using 82 millimeter mortars, hand grenades, and rifles.

But some western outlets claimed the question of ‘who fired first?’ just isn’t clear: According to Reuters (which is technically headquartered in the UK) the two sides traded accusations of firing across the ceasefire line. But don’t worry – this kind of thing happens all the time, per Reuters:

The details of the incidents could not be independently confirmed, and the initial reports suggested they were on a similar scale to ceasefire violations that have been common throughout the eight year conflict.

RT added that the Ukrainian government-backed troops blew up a Kindergarten in the Lugansk People’s Republic, the other breakaway region, during the exchange,

The Ukrainian Armed Forces subsequently reported that a settlement located near the Lugansk People’s Republic, the other breakaway territory in the region, had been attacked and photographs circulating online purport to show a kindergarten hit by a shell on the side controlled by government forces. Authorities stated that two civilians had been injured, missiles had hit the school, and half the area had lost electricity. The residents were evacuated.

A couple of Ukrainian civilians were reportedly injured in that attack. Again, western media outlets like ABC News reported that it was the Russia separatist forces who had shelled a school in the southeastern village of Stanytsia Luhanska.

Meanwhile, back across the border with Russia, US authorities are again warning that instead of pulling back troops, Russia is adding another 7K. President Vladimir Putin has said the “partial” troop pullback he promised earlier this week would take time,

U.K. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace backed the U.S. assessment. “I think we have seen the opposite of some of the statements, we’ve seen an increase of troops over the last 48 hours, up to 7,000, we’ve seen a bridge constructed from Belarus into Ukraine or near Ukraine,” he told reporters on Thursday in Brussels.

Ukraine also complained about a DDoS attack on government websites that has become another thorn in President Zelenskiy’s side.

The Kremlin has denied the US reports of the latest troop movements, as well as claims that it’s planning anything beyond military exercises. Diplomatic talks between Russia, Ukraine and a handful of European allies (Germany, France and the OSCE): “The statement about 7,000 is just as much a fake as the ones about an attack on Feb. 15-16,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a text message Thursday.

Speaking during his now-daily press briefings, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg reiterated warnings about a looming Russian “false flag” attack that Nato and its leaders have been repeating for weeks now (remember, “this is Alex Jones territory”).

Anybody interested in watching can do so below:

There were also reports of the rebel forces downing a Ukrainian drone.

Aked about the school attack, Stoltenberg called it a “big provocation”. The Ukrainian President Zelenskiy said around the same time that it’s “important” for European diplomats to remain in Ukraine.

On the diplomacy front, EU leaders will discuss the Russia tensions Thursday in Brussels, before G-7 foreign ministers meet in Munich on Saturday. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will speak by phone later Thursday. Officials in Moscow have dismissed US warnings of a possible invasion of Ukraine as “hysteria” and propaganda.

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    1. ritz

      Imagine a invasion that nobody showed up to.

    2. bob

      when was fjb adm right about anything? I can’t recall a single incident. he and his handlers are one bunch of dumb mf’s.

      • Genius

        All by design. Theater for the masses. Sounds like you believe the show.

    3. X7734-0845

      Cue the girl with with a white cat. Check
      Make sure that Green Screen hangs correctly. Check.
      Bring up the footage from the news casts. Check.
      And cue the footage from a children’s center showing the damage of a hole made by something. Check.

      Damn. Now we’re waiting on Dustin Hoffman and Robert de Niro to show and this little foray will be complete.

      This is getting fucking rediculous.

      Ref: WAG THE DOG

    4. Land of the sheep

      If anyone drags us to war it will be Biden’s handlers. The after effects of the vaxx is coming to light and they need cover. VAIDS is the new topic.

      • Mr. Darwin

        VAIDS is the topic only amongst the stupid. So, par for the course as far as this site is concerned. Fucking morons.

    5. Bill

      The global “elites” are the masters of the Amer. State (and all Western nations), and the State runs the gov’t / officialdom for its own purposes. We do not have a gov’t of, by, or for the people. The global elites have their goals to accomplish and if the prezz and other political leaders can’t get the job done others will be put in place who can. The State isn’t able to deliver the war the elites wanted, they haven’t gotten the vaxxed rates they wanted, people are waking up and protests are occurring regularly throughout the Western countries, people are learning what CRT really is, and so on.
      Political parties don’t really matter, even if bills are passed to help people they can be vetoed. And even if some good is accomplished it can all be undone by the next crooked election. Besides, there aren’t enough politicians who genuinely put people and our freedoms and rights above all else.
      Since the present admin. has so far failed in so many ways, I don’t see them being on the ‘24 ticket, never mind re-elected. Yes, there will be more massive voter fraud, there may even be a contrived emergency to postpone elections. I would even say you can bet behind closed doors somewhere this is being discussed. This is why I believe these “pandemics” and their “variants” aren’t through yet. A pandemic may be a considered method or “emergency” to utilize for deferring elections.
      As for Ukraine, the Rus. troops are pulling away and heading back with their equipment and this is confirmed, yet the Amer. State is still insisting they are poised for a massive attack. The Russians have to be laughing at how incompetent and buffoonish the Amer. leadership is, they aren’t giving prezzJB and his handlers anything except expose them for the frauds and liars they are. We need a new generation of people like the Founding Fathers.

    6. Anonymous

      Biden needs a major war badly.

      It’s the only way to unify the nation and get the people’s full support for his presidency.

      Come to think of it, our nation as a whole needs that war if it is to survive as a nation much longer.

      • Genius

        Mr. Potato-head will never have support war or not. In fact what little he does have would vanish if he got us in a war. The vegetable in chief doesn’t run shit anyway, he probably can’t tie his shoes. All his orders come from people you probably never heard of…

        • cranerigger

          Anonymous, I have to agree with Genius again. Biden & his Parade-of-Idiots have NO credibility. Any war they, or their handlers, cause will NOT be supported by American citizens.

          • Anonymous

            At this point any opinion is just speculation.

            But we’re likely to know one way or the other in short order if Biden gets his way the way it looks like he might.

            People tend to rally behind the President when a major war breaks out. Even something really minor, like 9/11, resulted in a (short lived) unification of America and soaring Presidential approval, and that wasn’t anywhere near a real full fledged major war against a capable enemy.

          • Apache54

            F— Biden and his CIA false flag war!

      • X7734-0845

        … and it begs the (rhetorical)question:

        Which side will you be on?
        Because, there WILL be sides.

        Will you support a president/administration that can’t (apparently do anything correctly)?


        Will you support the Bill Of Rights (…at least the FIRST TEN), The Constitution, and the American people in general?

        War is not needed when there are other avenues that are available and can be pursued. But, we just may have to “pursue” them ourselves. The rest, as they say, is up to you…

      • X7734-0845

        … and it begs the (rhetorical)question:

        Which side will you be on?
        Because, there WILL be sides.

        Will you support a president/administration that can’t (apparently do anything correctly)?


        Will you support the Bill Of Rights (…at least the FIRST TEN), The Constitution, and the American people in general?

        War is not needed when there are other avenues that are available and can be pursued. But, we just may have to “pursue” them ourselves. The rest, as they say, is up to you…

    7. Spider25

      Wake me up when the Nukes start going off, cause this already older than Convid19!

    8. alfie

      Probably a silly question on part, but what the F ( bleep ) are we doing in over there when the Ukraine isn’t even a member of NATO ? Yes , I know there are good people living and working in the Ukraine ( I’ve worked with a lot of people from the Ukraine who came to the U.S A. legally ) but they aren’t a member of NATO, so why aren’t we more worried about our southern border and all of the illegal people coming across there ? Answer me that one.

    9. Anonymous

      Fuck the war.

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